Nationality: Republic of Ireland
It is a true demonstration of Richard Keogh’s consistency that at the end of the 2017/18, he was just nine appearances away from becoming a triple-centurion at Pride Park Stadium.
The Republic of Ireland international was an ever-present in the Championship up until April, and after a short spell on the sidelines, he displayed terrific determination and character to produce some of his very best performances during the run-in.
He played a key role in the 20 clean sheets that Derby kept across their 48-game league campaign, including a run of five-in-a-row throughout December that propelled The Rams into promotion contention.
Evidently dependable, the captain’s influence has been there for all to see since he joined from Coventry City in the summer of 2012.
He has won the club’s Player of the Year award twice whilst achieving three play-off finishes, and he also has become a regular in the Ireland squad.
On the international stage, Keogh was included in Martin O’Neill’s squad for UEFA Euro 2016 and he featured in the Green Army’s historic 1-0 win over Italy, before starting against host nation France in the last-16 of the competition.
A former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, Keogh began his career at Stoke City before he joined Bristol City at the start of the 2005/06 season on a free transfer.
He also gained first-team experience on loan at Wycombe Wanderers, Huddersfield Town, Carlisle United and Cheltenham Town prior to sealing a permanent switch to Carlisle in 2008.
Keogh won the 2009/10 Player of the Year award and his fine form saw him join Coventry in the summer of 2010.
With the Sky Blues, he was named as Players’ Player of the Year in 2010/11, whilst he scooped both the Players’ and Fans’ award the following season.